Stolen storm drain grates create hazard

January 28, 2008 3:49:42 PM PST
A southwest Houston strip mall parking lot looks like a mine field because of stolen storm drain grates.The drains sit in the parking lot of a strip center along Beechnut near Beltway 8. At least one driver suffered damage to his pickup when he hit the uncovered drain.

Someone put shopping carts inside a few drains to help motorists avoid the hazard, while another person placed orange cones around other drains. Someone stole the grates a few days ago. City workers replaced them, but the city removed the grates again when they figured out it was private property.

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